White Sandwich Bread

This is my current favorite sandwich bread and it is so easy to make!

Pour 3 1/3 cups of water in the bowl of your mixer. Add 4 1/2 teaspoons of rapid rise yeast.

Add 1/3 cup of sugar.

Add 3 tablespoons of softened butter.

Add 1 tablespoon of salt.

Start adding flour, 2 cups at a time.

I judge when bread dough is ready by sight. Keep adding flour until you have added approximately 8 cups.

The dough is ready when it pulls away from the side of your mixer. This works no matter what kind of mixer you use. If you knead by hand you already know how to tell when your dough is ready. It will be slightly sticky but not stick to the counter or your hands.

It should form a nice smooth firm dough.

Place it in a bowl to rise.

Drizzle it with a bit of melted butter and turn it to coat.

Cover it and sit it in a warm place to proof. It should double in size in about an hour. This dough rises very well.

Here it is after an hour. Split the dough in half.

Place the dough on your counter. Do not flour it. It should not stick because of the butter.

Roll it into a 12 inch square.

Roll it up jellyroll style and roll it tight.

Turn it seam side down. Repeat with the other half.

Place them in greased loaf pans.

Cover and let them proof again. It took about 30 minutes for mine to double.

The one on the left got a bit carried away. Bake these at 425 for about 40 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads 190 degrees. I always use a thermometer to make sure my bread is done. Keep an eye on them and if they start to brown too much, cover them with foil. I covered mine after about 20 minutes.

Remove them from the oven and place them on a rack to cool. Beautiful loaves.

Next time I must remember to weight the dough so I split it evenly. The loaf on the left looks like it took steroids!

Brush the loaves with melted butter. It helps to keep them fresh longer and it drives Teddy crazy. I gave her a piece of this bread and she grunted like a cave man.

There is just something about fresh baked bread that makes me so happy.

And it took so little time to have 2 wonderful loaves of bread.

Look at that crumb! You can see that small air bubble on the bottom left of the loaf. This is why you need to roll the dough tightly so you don't get these bubbles.

In the next couple days I will show you what I made with this great bread.


These look beautiful. I think I will actually have time in the next day or two to make this. My problem is, I'll eat a whole loaf.
Pricilla said…
"knead by hand"
What means this?
oh...that DOES look good....i am making it...john LOVES homemade bread for his sandwiches....

love the way the kitchen smells with that baking...nothing better....

kary and l'il teddy
John'aLee said…
Yum-i-li-cious! It looks divine. I too made bread last night (wheat). You are right...it makes a gal happy. I don't know if it is the smell from the oven...or the butter and jam dripping from a hot piece right out of the oven.
I had to make some homemade peach jam to go with mine. Wish you lived next door....we'd share girlie!
Robin Larkspur said…
I can smell the loaves baking from here!
Barbara F. said…
I think I have a wheat/gluten allergy. Going for bloodwork, but this is making me drool. I suddenly want a pbj sandwich! xo
The smell of fresh baked bread on an autumn day makes one's tummy delight in anticipation. And to sample it, is divine.
Guillaume said…
Oh I loooove big white bread loafs!
SharleneT said…
Love this recipe! Gonna make some for my weekend visit to my daughter's. One loaf will have a missing end piece, of course, where I've checked it for 'poison' with a dollop of Fig-Raspberry Jam... yes, that would be the safe and smart thing to do... Love the smell of fresh bread and have been looking for a sandwich bread. Thanks for sharing.
Are you sure it wasn't the Steroid Loaf that you heard grunting like a caveman as it flexed its crumb?
Anonymous said…
I love the look of this bread. I really wish I had the time to bake all my own bread. Alas, I have to work...
Toriz said…
Mmmm! You can't beat the smell of fresh bread! :)
Toriz said…
(And the taste is pretty awesome too!)
Sherry said…
Oh my those look good. Love your blog! Been coming for awhile now but don't comment often. I've saved several of your recipes and tried quite a few of them. Loved each and every one too. I wish I was your neighbor lol.
LindaG said…
Looks great.
Mine would turn out lopsided; and have lots more bubbles.
But that's what makes it fun, I think. No 2 loaves the same.

Thanks for sharing your recipe and have a great day!
Danielle said…
Apparently I am an idiot at bread baking! My problem (I think) is that while it was rising,I went to the barn and there was a new calf. I came back inside after making sure it was ok and it was well over an hour. The loaf was destined for failure after that. Oh well, trying again this weekend! Second time is a charm.
Nancy said…
I was surprised to see the first comment was from dear Beverly and then realized the post was from 2011. This bread sounds wonderful but I wonder what I would have to do to make it whole grain?